Ports (consignment modules)
The AutoStore® grid allows for installation of ports on all sides. The robots supply the ports continuously. The ports serve for efficient picking and filling of the bins - with different movement and design features in terms of accessibility, efficiency and cost benefits.
The picking performance is between 160 and 650 items per hour, depending on the port type.
CaruselPort – three-arm high-speed port
The CarouselPort, in cooperation with the robots, ensures that bins are always available at this point. It operates with three rotating arms, each holding one bin tray. Usually, two of the arms are positioned behind the Port where Robots can place or retrieve two Bins simultaneously. The third arm then is in the front position where the operator can access the goods inside the Bin.
Max bin throughput: Mezzanine level 500 Bins/h; Floor level 400 Bins/h
ConveyorPort – easy workstation
The ConveyorPort uses a conveyor belt to move the bins to the operator. While one bin is presented to the operator, the robot holds the second bin in place above the port.
Max bin throughput: Mezzanine level 240 Bins/h; Floor level 180 Bins/h
SwingPort – vertical connection
The SwingPort uses a rotating arm to move the bins to the operator. While one bin is presented to the operator, the second bin is in waiting position.
Max bin throughput: 160 Bins/h with 8m bin lift at a handling time of 15 seconds